SHAH ALAM: The Selangor International Expo 2017 (SIE) kicked off today, providing local and international businesses an important platform to meet and discover new opportunities.
The four-day SIE 2017 was declared open by Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC).
At the opening ceremony, Selangor executive councillor Teng Chang Khim said the SIE, which is being held for a third consecutive year, not only benefited businesses in the state and country but also the Asean region.
He said the SIE was introduced to position Selangor as a global trading hub and to be a gateway to Asean for domestic and foreign businesses.
Teng said it was the Selangor government’s duty to create a conducive business-friendly and stable environment for Selangor.
“By opening the door to the outside world through our international trade platform, we are fully committed to working with other countries in supporting globalisation and tapping into the Asean market.
“As an African proverb says, ‘if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’.”
Teng said this was why Selangor was more than happy to share the SIE with Asean so they could grow together.
“We believe that our Asean power magnifies when we band together as a unit as we could accomplish what would be impossible for us to achieve alone.”
Teng said the Selangor government’s Asean Roadshow to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand over the past two months has brought the state closer to neighbouring countries.
He said this year’s SIE features two synergetic clusters, namely food and beverages, which includes the halal segment as well as life sciences.
“Selangor has been a popular food hub with the presence of large multinational and local food manufacturers as well as a vast number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in the food sector.”
He added that among the prominent exhibitors at SIE2017 were Nestlé, Kossan, K-Salt, Proliv Life Sciences, Sony and Yakult, among others.
This year’s exhibitors include those from Malaysia, Japan, China, United States, the Middle East, Europe and Asean.
Last year’s SIE had 525 booths, with more than 20% taken up by international exhibitors.
This was a significant increase from the 400 booths opened in 2015.
In 2016, some 10,689 visitors attended the SIE and about RM100 million worth of transactions were also recorded.
This year, Teng said the SIE is expected to draw more than 15,000 visitors and conduct even more business transactions.
The SIE 2017 is part of the 10-day Selangor International Business Summit 2017, which also includes the Selangor Smart City & Future Commerce Convention 2017 and the Selangor-Asean Business Conference.